Submitted by JSessions on Tue, 04/30/2013 - 9:49am
After reading this blogs title you might be asking yourself,
“Did I read that right?” Yes, you did.
This Saturday, May 4, has been designated Star Wars Day. So on this day all of us fan boys (and girls)
can let our Millennium Falcon Flag Fly proudly! And we can do that with some of
these fun books.
Star Wars: A Galactic Pop-up Adventure by Matthew Reinhart. Brief text and pop-up illustrations explore the characters, places,
and technologies of the Star Wars movies. Reinhart has outdone himself with a
book for fans of all ages.
Star Wars Millennium Falcon: 3-D Owner's Guide by Scholastic
Inc. This dissects the most famous ship in the galaxy
section-by-section. Includes technical notes from Han Solo. The perfect book to
help us take care of that special ship in our lives.
How to Speak Wookiee: A Manual for Inter-Galactic
Communication (Star Wars) by Wu Kee Smith. Learn a foreign language with great
illustrations and key-pad buttons that allow you to actually hear the words spoken by a native speaker. You’ll impress friends and family (plus help
stop intergalactic misunderstandings) when you too can Speak Wookiee! (The
board-book format allows this to be given to young fans and adults alike.)
So come on down to the Northshire Bookstore
where our Jedi Knights and Sith Lords….um…booksellers
can help you find the force of these and other Star Wars related books.
Submitted by kpiccoli@norths... on Thu, 04/25/2013 - 3:43pm
do I even begin? This book is huge. Not physically huge, just a huge
deal for your life. You need to read it. I could end with that, but
you’ll probably want me to explain why. Fine...
Sugar, Fat is mind-blowing. Coming from me, that’s saying something.
I read a lot of books about food and I try to avoid processed foods
like the plague. We all know this stuff is bad for us, but we eat it
anyway because it also tastes good. This isn’t an accident. Obviously
food companies want their foods to taste good, but the extent to which
they use salt, sugar, and fat to trick our bodies into eating more and
more of it is criminal. They manipulate the ingredients, knowing it
will cause people to overconsume. Any ideas of trying to manufacture
healthier foods are immediately shot down by wall street and industry
section of this book sucked me in even further and elicited even more
shock. In fact, they are presented in the order that would create more
shock as you go. We all know the dangers of sugar, though not a great
deal about the science, so Moss starts with it. It’s no surprise that
fat is not great for us. What I didn’t know is that putting fat in a
food can raise your tolerance for sugar, which will allow you to eat a
lot more before your body tells you to cut it out, if it ever does. He
ends with salt. We know too much salt is bad. We know it leads to high
blood pressure. But we have it under control. We’ve made an effort to
keep our hands off the salt shaker during meals. Except, that doesn’t
even matter. Processed food is teeming with added salts and our
tolerance for salt is so high, that we don’t even notice how much we’re
consuming. The most shocking part of the salt story is what happens to
children raised with and without heavy loads of salt in their diet.
Children raised with high salt diets, crave it in unprecedented
amounts. Children raised with little salt, turn their noses up at salty
foods. We’ve been raised to crave foods that are bad for us, and in
the case of salt, we’ve done it to ourselves.
did years of research and interviews for this book. It is not a
science book, so any science in it is immediately easy to understand.
He’s a great journalist who understands his readers. The book is made
up of stories and anecdotes about the food industry, so that by showing
us the smaller, more personal picture, Moss can give his readers the
much bigger one. He shows us that the issue is not black and white.
The food industry is making us sick and they are well aware of it,
however, they can not stop themselves. Their customers are hooked on
the food and now they will not settle for anything healthier. In a way,
the only way out of this situation is government regulation. I’m not a
huge fan of regulation, but prefer education. However, in the case of
our health, perhaps the slower moving road of education will not be
enough. We may have reached a point where the food giants can’t stop
and education alone is not enough to have us stop ourselves. Hopefully information like what's in this book can reach people fast enough so that we don't end up in another battle of what to regulate in this country.
After everything I’ve learned, reading this book still kind of made me want an Oreo Cookie.
Submitted by JSessions on Tue, 04/23/2013 - 10:15am
One day at lunch I needed a book to read and picked up Shards
and Ashes. It is a short story collection of dystopian stories. The first story
was so amazing I pushed my break until the last possible second before I went
back to work!
Shards and Ashes is by Melissa Marr, Kelley Armstrong and
seven other authors. These nine stories take us on journeys to what it means to
be human: especially when the old rules and definitions have been tossed aside.
How do you find the light amongst the darkness? The questions are as numerous as the answers
These all too possible worlds were created by humans,
ecological events or other outside forces. Each deals with such issues as when
is a good time for revolution, what would you do for love, how far would you go
for freedom, what is faith and more. Each
story is told by one of today’s fantastic authors in strong voices and amazing